A spokesperson for Wilco has said the band may start to release albums through its own label, now the act’s contract with Nonesuch is at an end. “It has not yet been determined who will release the next Wilco record,” the spokesperson explained, via email, “but forming their own label and releasing future albums through it is definitely a potential scenario.” Meanwhile, a Nonesuch executive confirmed to EW that the band has decided not to resign with the company.
The news that Wilco head honcho Jeff Tweedy is apparently planning to set up his own label initially came from the band’s guitarist Nels Cline in an interview with the blog Express Night Out. “Jeff was basically not wanting to be on a record label for a while—he didn’t renew his contract with Nonesuch—so we’re striking out on our own, our own label,” said Cline.
Nonesuch has released the following statement: “Nonesuch’s contract with Wilco has indeed been fulfilled. It has been a privilege to work with the band; we love them and the experience of hearing their music evolve and seeing their audience grow over the past decade is a testament to their creative vision. We wish Wilco the best and hope our paths cross again.”
Wilco signed with the company in the first place after their 2002 CD Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was, infamously, rejected by Nonesuch’s sister label Reprise.
Although I had mixed feelings about the band’s last CD, Wilco (The Album), I’m a huge fan and, with due respect to the folks at Nonesuch, don’t really care who releases their stuff, as long as it gets released. But what do you think about this news?
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